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5. The Nominal Christian
No decent person wants free love; no decent person wants race suicide.
They live, therefore, not by principle but by a compromise between
principles; they are in favour of divorce, but not of easy divorce, of
small families but not of too small families. Consequently, they feel
themselves responsible for the decision where exactly the line shall be
drawn, within the generous limits which our legal system allows. They do
not like the responsibility; who would? Who, in tampering with
institutions so sacred as those of the family, would not like to feel
that he had an authority behind him, a "warrant" from somewhere to
ratify his behaviour? If only there were some great spiritual
institution which would act, in these matters, as a sort of public
conscience, guiding, from a higher point of vision, the moral choice
made by the individual!
So, naturally, he feels; unfortunately, he does not feel that the views
of any non-Catholic denomination are worth having, even if they are
discoverable. He knows that the advice of an individual clergyman will
be unofficial and inexpert. He knows, if he has followed the course of
recent ecclesiastical deliberations, that representatives of Christian
thought speak with an uncertain voice on such subjects. He respects our
Church for having, at least, definite opinions and fixed rules. He
respects it, although he disagrees with it. He thinks us far too severe
in forbidding remarriage after divorce, in forbidding the artificial
restriction of the family; but although he disagrees with us for the
rules we have, he respects us for having rules. If only the people whom
we value as advisers would give us the advice we want!
--Msgr Ronald Knox, The Belief of Catholics, 1927
4. Gaia Worship
I am in the habit of walking on the earth, not of worshipping it.
--St. Clement of Alexandria
3. Social Justice
--Dr. Donald DeMarco
God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself because it is not there. There is no such thing.
1. Pedophilia in the Middle Ages
Any cleric or monk who seduces young men or boys, or who is apprehended
in kissing or in any shameful situation, shall be publicly flogged and
shall lose his clerical tonsure. Thus shorn, he shall be disgraced by
spitting in his face, bound in iron chains, wasted by six months of
close confinement, and for three days each week put on barley bread
given him toward evening. Following this period, he shall spend a
further six months living in a small segregated courtyard in custody of a
spiritual elder, kept busy with manual labor and prayer, subjected to
vigils and prayers, forced to walk at all times in the company of two
spiritual brothers, never again allowed to associate with young men.
--St. Peter Damian, Letter 31:38. To Pope Leo IX, A.D. 1049.